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Jim (68.218.166.155)
Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2003 - 04:43 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

How do you tell if your hops are no longer good?
Jim
 

chumley (199.92.192.126)
Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2003 - 04:46 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

When you sniff'em, and they smell cheesy instead of like hops.
 

Hophead (167.4.1.38)
Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2003 - 04:48 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hops will lose their AA over time, but generally speaking, if they don't smell good, they're not "good" (unless you're staling them on purpose for a style).

Try to store them as cold as possible with as good a barrier to air as you can.
 

Marlon Lang (68.18.113.91)
Posted on Wednesday, December 17, 2003 - 12:20 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

FWIW:
I buy hops by the pound and store them in Mason jars in the freezer. They don't seem to be less effective even after several years. But as chumley-dude sez: "Sniff 'em." If they smell like hops, use 'em. Otherwise, loose 'em.
Im-a-hophead!

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